Congratulations to the Blanchard Memorial Elementary Band on earning a Gold Medal award today, April 02, 2017 at #MICCA2017 Concert and Choral Festival!
MICCA stands for The Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association (MICCA) and and schools (mostly middle and high and very few elementary schools) from around the region participate in this annual festival.
As the band coordinator, I have been watching them work very hard, committing to extra rehearsals (pretty early in the morning), sectionals and daily practices at home since January of this year. And they were elated to hear from one of the Adjudicators, Mr. Al Dentino that they worked really well as a band and worked together in harmony.
All this appreciation would not have been possible without the hard work and efforts of the wonderful Mr.Christopher Baird, the Band Director (who is also the V’s tuba teacher) and Mr. Cesar Garde, the Percussion Director. Thank you so much.
They played 3 pieces – Success March, Echoes of the Civil War and Imperium.
Presenting the Blanchard Memorial Elementary Band at #MICCA2017
- Blanchard Memorial Elementary Band at MICCA 2017 – Piece 1 – Success March by Harold Bennett. Arr. Larry Clark
- Blanchard Memorial Elementary Band at MICCA 2017 – Piece 1 – Success March (Intro is cut) by Harold Bennett. Arr. Larry Clark
- Blanchard Memorial Elementary Band at MICCA 2017 – Piece 2 – Echoes of the Civil War Arr. Mark Williams
- Blanchard Memorial Elementary Band at MICCA 2017 – Piece 3 – Imperium by Michael Sweeney
The band after the concert
When they heard they won the gold medal, all their exhaustion disappeared and the after-MICCA party took on a jubilant note.
They have been invited to play in a Gold Medal Showcase Event on April 9, 2017 at Mechanics Hall, Worcester, MA.
Music doesn’t lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can happen only through music – Jimi Hendrix